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Convicted Sexual Offender and Sugar Grove Resident Arrested Yesterday for June Theft of Car From Walmart

By Greg Hince

July 11, 2012. Tommie Joe Booher, 38, of Sugar Grove, was arrested yesterday, July 10, and charged with one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Booher is alleged to have stolen a vehicle from the parking lot of Walmart in Boone on June 6, 2012.

Booher was arrested on a Boone Police Department warrant by the Watauga Sheriff’s Department after they received a tip on his whereabouts.

Booher was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate and was issued a court date of August 28, 2012. He is being held on a $6,500 secured bond.

Booher, who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs roughly 180 pounds, has a long list of offenses and aliases. He was found guilty of a sexual offense (statutory rape) in Putnam, Tenn. in 1995 and is registered as a sex offender with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He was also arrested twice on the same day in 2009 in Cookeville, Tenn. for driving on a revoked license. Booher was stopped after an officer clocked him doing 44 in a 30-mile-per-hour zone.

Another officer had arrested Booher earlier in the day. He was also arrested on July 26 of the same year, for driving on a revoked license. Booher’s vehicle had invalid license plates at the time he was pulled over in 2009, and his car had three used hypodermic needles and a glass pipe inside. He was issued citations to city court for speeding, improper registration, and lack of insurance.

According to posts at http://www.topix.com/forum/city/cookeville-tn/TVJKIKMOR1E1T5GF1, Booher was a polarizing figure in Cookeville.  

For more information on the case interested parties can contact Detective David Osborne at 828-268-6939, and for an official report from the state of Florida listing Booher as a sexual offender you can visit http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do?personId=49992.